BENEFITING: Center Against Domestic Violence
EVENT DATE: Oct 02, 2017
New York City has the toughest real estate market in the country, making it extremely difficult for low-income residents to attain housing. This hardship is magnified for survivors of financial abuse and domestic violence. We believe everyone has the right to a life free of violence and should be #FreetoWalk.
For 40 years, the Center Against Domestic Violence has worked toward a society free of violence and abuse. We offer education and prevention programs that promote the well-being and economic independence of survivors of abuse. Our goal is to empower survivors to be as self-sufficient as possible when they leave our shelters. Case Managers at CADV provide on-site training and support for women to gain family management and self-esteem skills, as well as identify and pursue their strengths. Recreation staff works with shelter residents to develop pre-vocational skills, refer residents for job training, assist with job applications and prepare participants for job interviews. Experienced bilingual Housing Specialists teach money management skills to residents in our shelters and to nonresidential clients at our central office.
The more financially stable the survivors become, the more likely they are to stay free of violent relationships. Through the skills they learn, women become more confident of their ability to manage a household and utilize public assistance more effectively. Housing Specialists at CADV work directly with residents to search for and secure permanent housing. Through our work in coalitions, the Center also works to raise the minimum wage and to expand housing options that will create more opportunities for victims of domestic violence. Staff works with survivors to restore their identities, including help to repair credit histories that may have been damaged by abusers. We also help residents or program participants apply for entitlements for which they qualify and for crime victims' compensation.
This October, we thank you for opening your hearts and wallets to help us serve victims of abuse.